The Peugeot 308 R concept will take aim at the VW Golf GTI when the powerful new hot hatch is revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The 308 R reveals the brand’s bold vision for a high-performance version of its latest hatch, featuring a 266bhp 1.6-litre turbo. The engine is taken from the RCZ R coupé, and in that car it delivers a 5.9-second 0-62mph time – half-a-second quicker than the Performance Pack version of the Golf GTI.
Power goes to the front wheels through a six-speed manual box, and to help the tyres cope with 330Nm of torque, there’s a Torsen front diff, similar to the one in the Renaultsport Mégane 265.
However, while the powertrain is rooted in the real world, the aggressive styling is pure concept car. Extensive use of carbon fibre for the doors, front wings, bonnet and sills cuts the overall weight. Three huge intakes in the front bumper give a more menacing look, and the 30mm-wider track boosts stability and cornering. The ride height has been lowered by 26mm and the concept sits on 19-inch alloys with ‘R’ branding.
Despite its potent performance, the 308 R claims CO2 emissions of only 145g/km, as well as 45mpg fuel economy.
Peugeot is refusing to comment on the 308 R’s chances of making in showrooms. Even so, it opens up the prospect of the famous GTi badge being revived for the new 308.